People’s Daily, China / Twitter
Specialists from the Chinese corporation AVIC have begun a new phase of testing the promising AG600 seaplane, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft being prepared for production. According to Xinhua, the plane began to experience high-speed jogging on the water in gliding mode.
Gliding refers to such a mode of movement in water in which the object is held on its surface solely due to the high-speed pressure of the water. Tests by gliding for hydroplanes are similar to tests on a runway, only carried out on water to check the strength of the airframe and floats, as well as controllability.
The AG600 first gliding tests took place in early September of this year – the speed of the aircraft during jogging was 120 kilometers per hour. During the new tests, which are held in the reservoir on the Changhe River in Jingmen, Hubei Province, the plane performed several runs at 145 kilometers per hour.
China's independently-developed large amphibious aircraft #AG600 on Monday successfully conducted a high-speed glide test on water. AG600 will be deployed for forest firefighting and water rescue. It can also work for marine environment monitoring and protection pic.twitter.com/eBIottHMH4
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) October 1, 2018
The length of the Chinese amphibian is 37 meters, and its wingspan is 38.8 meters. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 53.5 tons. A seaplane can fly to a distance of up to five thousand kilometers. The AG600 can carry up to 50 people and fly at speeds of up to 570 kilometers per hour.
AG600 able to be in the air for up to 12 hours. In the version designed for fire extinguishing, the new Chinese seaplane will be able to draw water from reservoirs in gliding mode at a speed of 0.6 tons per second. Currently, developers have already received orders for the supply of 17 seaplanes.
Formerly the Soviet A-40 Albatross was considered the largest seaplane. The aircraft had a length of 45.7 meters and a wingspan of 42.5 meters. The maximum take-off weight of a seaplane was 90 tons. He could reach speeds of up to 800 kilometers per hour and fly over a distance of up to five thousand kilometers. Two aircraft were built according to the project; the program was closed in 2012.